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Review Date: 11/8/2009
Good book, very quick and easy read. I loved the ending. I would probably read it again if I was looking for something quick and entertaining.
Review Date: 2/18/2010
Helpful Score: 2
I believed this book would be somewhat useful to me, having a child with a disability. Nearly every essay in this book is negative. I found it depressing, angering, saddening. And, half of the essays are FICTION. I can't believe that this book is marketed as a book about raising children with special needs.
I do not recommend this book for anyone that wants to see the beautiful side to raising special needs children.
TinkersAuthor: Book Type: Paperback135
Review Date: 9/13/2013
There were portions of this book that I LOVED. George, his father Howard and Howard's father--their stories were fantastic and made the book worth reading. In particular, I really enjoyed reading about Howard and his cart and the hermit named Gilbert. In that story I found beautiful writing. If only the rest of the book followed along those lines.
Where I got lost was in the prose that seemed way overdone. When one sentence lasts a full page, and skips from topic to topic, with commas and parenthesis, etc., it is nearly impossible to follow. I would read and re-read, only to come to the understanding that the entire passage was unnecessary to the story. It seemed like nonsense rambling.
Review Date: 7/11/2009
I have read this book three times now, each time a few years apart. Perhaps I'm getting older (and wiser) but I appreciate the literature more each time I read it. I love the style of writing. This is historical fiction at its finest, and it is a must read for everyone, in my opinion. A true classic. I am quite sure that I will read it, again!
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